Ricotta at the Co-op

Today's main post is over at the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op and is about making Ricotta cheese.  I believe it is one of the most simple cheeses to make and tastes much better than the store bought stuff that they try to pass off as fresh Ricotta.Also, I must apologise for the lack of posting over the last couple of weeks.  I have been ill in bed resting a hernia (ouch but soon to be   [Continue Reading …]

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow!


It is with sadness that I write this post.  In my last post I was very excited about getting 3 new hens and a bantam rooster who I named Mr Darcy. Well, as it turns out, Mr Darcy was a very noisy rooster, and didn't just crow in the morning, but during the day and just before sunset as well.  Kim was stressing to the max, because our local council laws do not allow a rooster in   [Continue Reading …]

Mr Darcy and Ladies


"I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise."  Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 13.What a nice looking lad is our Mr Darcy, and he is one of the four new additions to our flock of chickens that we purchased today, and I will introduce you to the others in a minute.  But, shhhhh, don't tell anyone, because we are not supposed to keep men   [Continue Reading …]

The 8000

On Saturday, I attended the Getup! Price on Pollution rally at Treasury Place, Melbourne.There have been media stories for and against both sides.  There were many reports that the 8000 odd people that attended the pro carbon tax rally were a bunch of pot smoking university student rent a crowd types that were paid by the Labor party and the 400 people who attended the anti-carbon tax rally   [Continue Reading …]

Our Children’s Future. Act This Saturday!

That is what is a stake if this country does not take climate change mitigation action within the next few years!So please join me and my family this Saturday at the Climate Action rally at Treasury Place, Melbourne along with other concerned citizens to counter the fear campaign being set up by Australia’s climate deniers, right-wing shock jocks and big polluters who are jumping on board the   [Continue Reading …]

Wet. Not Dry


A while back, I predicted above average temperatures and rainfall for southern Australia based on information from the Met Bureau.  The post was titled 'One Wet Year'  How wrong was I.  Lucky I am not a meteorologist!  The only part I got right was the wet bit.  Now that summer has officially passed us by (even though I think we have a few warm days ahead still),   [Continue Reading …]



So what have I been up to over the last week?  Well not a lot really.I have been recovering from another bout of abdominal pain (aka diverticulitis), and spending a bit of time in bed, and working from home.  Lethargy overcomes me more often than not and I have spent far too much time sleeping.  Unfortunately,  I have a little less mojo to go around.  Hopefully all that is   [Continue Reading …]

Carbon Fear Tactics


One thing that never ceases to amaze me about climate change is the fear campaign that precedes any affirmative action that government decides to take. It really does get on my goat.Case in point has been the opposition's reaction and subsequent fear campaign regarding the introduction of a price on carbon which if legislated will commence on 1 July 2012.  A price per tonne of carbon has not   [Continue Reading …]

Caerphilly for the Masses


What better place to get the word to the masses that Caerphilly cheese is easy to make and a wonderful tasting cheese?  Well on someone else's cheese blog of course!Jeri from the New England Cheesemaking supply company asked if she could repost my recipe and video tutorial on their blog in exchange for one of their newly published books.  Well, I jumped at the chance, and a few days ago,   [Continue Reading …]

Swings and Roundabouts – Earth Hour 2011

I was contacted by the WWF today regarding the Earth Hour Awards.  I might have mentioned that I was approached to be a prelim judge for the awards, which I accepted, but it looks like nominations and applications are at a manageable level for the WWF team.Here is an extract of the email, which was lovely and with a welcome surprise in it.  Thanks Kate for the correspondence."Dear   [Continue Reading …]